Some young Party members get promoted fast, and expelled fast

Nov 10, 2015, 09:00 am

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By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - In Chinese political world, the officials who are born after 1960s, or post-60s, are called "fresh blood." Obviously, some of the talented young officials get rapid promotion. Some of them even get promoted to the provincial level. If they keep being on a fast track, being a General Secretary or premier is not impossible for them.

However, not a few of those fresh bloods get expelled from the party and dismissed from their posts fast. Since they often come into the spotlight, they get easily caught when they are involved in corruption scandal.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) held its national congress in November 2012. Nearly 30 fresh bloods of Chinese politics had been chosen, attracting much attention. However, nearly half of them were fired from their posts after getting involved in various corruption scandals./ Source from Xinhua News Agency

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November 2012, nearly 30 young officials born after 1960s got promoted to the provincial-level. However, nearly half of them were dismissed from their posts ahead of getting promoted to at least vice premier-level posts. According to informed political circles on Monday, the dominant figure among them is Sun Hongzhi (50), former vice minister of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). If he didn't get removed, he could have been promoted to the vice-premier level at the 13th National People's Congress in March 2018, but he was arrested last year on charges of bribery and embezzlement.

Former Guangzhou party chief Wan Qiangliang (51) is another fresh blood who got removed. He was once a political star who was a strong candidate for the seven-person Politburo Standing Committee. But he got removed prior to former vice minister Sun. In addition, Mao Xiaobing (50), former Party Secretary of Xining, and Ji Wenlin (49), former Vice-Governor of Hainan, are the similar cases. Both of them were accused of taking bribes.

China will hold the 19th National Congress in the fall of 2017. By then, the post-60s officials are expected to emerge as the next-generation power while assisting General Secretary Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Some of them may emerge as the Politburo Standing Committee candidates. The precondition is, of course, not getting expelled from the party.

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